1995 NBA draft

The 1995 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1995, at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It marked the first NBA draft to be held outside the United States and was the first draft for the two Canadian expansion teams, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett, who was taken fifth in this draft, is notable for being the first player in two decades to be selected straight out of high school. Garnett would go on to gather fifteen All Star selections, eight All-NBA selections (four of those being First-Teams), one NBA MVP award, and multiple other accolades. Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse also had successful careers, being four-time and two-time All-Stars respectively. Wallace won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, while Stackhouse scored the most total points in the league in 2000, also with the Pistons.

1995 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s)June 28, 1995
LocationSkyDome (Toronto, Ontario)
58 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionJoe Smith (Golden State Warriors)
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The other remaining top selections had relatively productive careers, but were considered to have never reached their full potential. Joe Smith put up solid, but unspectacular numbers throughout his career and is generally considered a disappointment for a first overall selection. He was also involved in a salary cap scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[1][2] Antonio McDyess was a one-time All-Star, but serious and continuing knee injuries decreased much of his effectiveness in the prime of his career. Damon Stoudamire was the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year and had a solid career although he was arrested, suspended and fined several times for marijuana possession. Bryant Reeves impressed early in his career but a season after being granted a six-year, $61.8 million contract extension, his numbers went down due to weight and back problems and he retired after only playing six NBA seasons, all with the Vancouver Grizzlies.[3]

This draft was also notable for two of the biggest busts in NBA history, Ed O'Bannon and Shawn Respert.[4] O'Bannon had received national accolades for leading the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship, but only played two years in the NBA. Respert played only four seasons in the NBA, while secretly hiding that he was suffering from stomach cancer.[5][6]


G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Joe Smith, the 1st pick of the Golden State Warriors
Antonio McDyess, the 2nd pick of the Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Denver)
Jerry Stackhouse, the 3rd pick of the Philadelphia 76ers
Rasheed Wallace, the 4th pick of the Washington Bullets
Kevin Garnett, the 5th pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves
Theo Ratliff, the 18th pick of the Detroit Pistons
Michael Finley, the 21st pick of the Phoenix Suns
Fred Hoiberg, the 52nd pick of the Indiana Pacers
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] NBA Team School/Club team
1 1 Joe Smith PF   United States Golden State Warriors Maryland (So.)
1 2 Antonio McDyess* PF   United States Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Denver)[a] Alabama (So.)
1 3 Jerry Stackhouse+ SG   United States Philadelphia 76ers North Carolina (So.)
1 4 Rasheed Wallace+ PF   United States Washington Bullets North Carolina (So.)
1 5 Kevin Garnett^ PF   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Farragut Academy HS (Chicago)
1 6 Bryant Reeves C   United States Vancouver Grizzlies Oklahoma State (Sr.)
1 7 Damon Stoudamire PG   United States Toronto Raptors Arizona (Sr.)
1 8 Shawn Respert SG   United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Detroit, traded to Milwaukee) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 9 Ed O'Bannon SF   United States New Jersey Nets UCLA (Sr.)
1 10 Kurt Thomas PF/C   United States Miami Heat TCU (Sr.)
1 11 Gary Trent PF   United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Portland) Ohio (Jr.)
1 12 Cherokee Parks C   United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
1 13 Corliss Williamson PF   United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Jr.)
1 14 Eric Williams SF   United States Boston Celtics Providence (Sr.)
1 15 Brent Barry SG   United States Denver Nuggets (traded to L.A. Clippers)[a] Oregon State (Sr.)
1 16 Alan Henderson PF   United States Atlanta Hawks Indiana (Sr.)
1 17 Bob Sura SG   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Florida State (Sr.)
1 18 Theo Ratliff+ PF/C   United States Detroit Pistons (from Portland) Wyoming (Sr.)
1 19 Randolph Childress PG   United States Detroit Pistons (from Houston via Portland) Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 20 Jason Caffey PF   United States Chicago Bulls Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Michael Finley* SF/SG   United States Phoenix Suns (from L.A. Lakers) Wisconsin (Sr.)
1 22 George Zidek C   Czech Republic Charlotte Hornets UCLA (Sr.)
1 23 Travis Best PG   United States Indiana Pacers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 24 Loren Meyer PF   United States Dallas Mavericks (from New York) Iowa State (Sr.)
1 25 David Vaughn PF/C   United States Orlando Magic Memphis (Jr.)
1 26 Sherell Ford PF   United States Seattle SuperSonics UIC (Sr.)
1 27 Mario Bennett PF   United States Phoenix Suns Arizona State (Jr.)
1 28 Greg Ostertag C   United States Utah Jazz Kansas (Sr.)
1 29 Cory Alexander PG   United States San Antonio Spurs Virginia (Jr.)
2 30 Lou Roe F   United States Detroit Pistons UMass (Sr.)
2 31 Dragan Tarlać C   FR Yugoslavia
Chicago Bulls Olympiakos (Greece)
2 32 Terrence Rencher G   United States Washington Bullets Texas (Sr.)
2 33 Junior Burrough F   United States Boston Celtics Virginia (Sr.)
2 34 Andrew DeClercq PF/C   United States Golden State Warriors Florida (Sr.)
2 35 Jimmy King G   United States Toronto Raptors Michigan (Sr.)
2 36 Lawrence Moten G   United States Vancouver Grizzlies Syracuse (Sr.)
2 37 Frankie King G   United States Los Angeles Lakers Western Carolina (Sr.)
2 38 Rashard Griffith # C   United States Milwaukee Bucks Wisconsin (So.)
2 39 Donny Marshall F   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Connecticut (Sr.)
2 40 Dwayne Whitfield F   United States Golden State Warriors Jackson State (Sr.)
2 41 Erik Meek# C   United States Houston Rockets Duke (Sr.)
2 42 Donnie Boyce G   United States Atlanta Hawks Colorado (Sr.)
2 43 Eric Snow PG   United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State (Sr.)
2 44 Anthony Pelle# C   United States Denver Nuggets Fresno State (Sr.)
2 45 Troy Brown# F/C   United States Atlanta Hawks Providence (Sr.)
2 46 George Banks# F   United States Miami Heat UTEP (Sr.)
2 47 Tyus Edney PG   United States Sacramento Kings UCLA (Sr.)
2 48 Mark Davis G/F   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 49 Jerome Allen G   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Pennsylvania (Sr.)
2 50 Martin Lewis F   United States Golden State Warriors Seward County (So.)
2 51 Dejan Bodiroga# SF   FR Yugoslavia Sacramento Kings Olimpia (Stefanel) Milano (Italy)
2 52 Fred Hoiberg SG   United States Indiana Pacers Iowa State (Sr.)
2 53 Constantin Popa# C   Romania Los Angeles Clippers Miami (Florida) (Sr.)
2 54 Eurelijus Žukauskas # C   Lithuania Seattle SuperSonics Neptūnas Klaipėda (Lithuania)
2 55 Michael McDonald C   United States Golden State Warriors New Orleans (Sr.)
2 56 Chris Carr G   United States Phoenix Suns Southern Illinois (Jr.)
2 57 Cuonzo Martin G/F   United States Atlanta Hawks Purdue (Sr.)
2 58 Don Reid F   United States Detroit Pistons Georgetown (Sr.)
  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

Notable undrafted playersEdit

The following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft but later played in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
John Amaechi C   United Kingdom Penn State (Sr.)
Corey Beck PG   United States Arkansas (Sr.)
Rick Brunson G   United States Temple (Sr.)
John Coker C   United States Boise State (Sr.)
Nate Driggers SG   United States Montevallo (Sr.)
Devin Gray SF   United States Clemson (Sr.)
Thomas Hamilton C   United States Pittsburgh (So.)
Michael Hawkins PG   United States Xavier (Sr.)
Gerard King SF   United States Nicholls State (Sr.)
Matt Maloney G   United States Penn (Sr.)
Clint McDaniel SG   United States Arkansas (Sr.)
Kevin Ollie G   United States Connecticut (Sr.)
James Scott SF   United States St. John's (Sr.)
Larry Sykes PF   United States Xavier (Sr.)

Trades involving Draft picksEdit

Draft-day tradesEdit

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.


  1. ^ NBA Draft Busts – Joe Smith
  2. ^ Millea, John (2000). "Lonewolf". The Sporting News.
  3. ^ CNNSI.com: Say It Ain't So – Vancouver Grizzlies
  4. ^ NBA Draft busts, Sports Illustrated
  5. ^ Bleacher Report – The NBA's Biggest Draft Busts Of the Last 20 Years
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nba&id=1962444 ESPN – Shawn Respert's NBA career was stunted by cancer

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